On Friday, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias over bilateral relations and the Ukraine issue.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Greece, Wang said, adding that over the past half century, the two sides have always appreciated, tolerated and helped each other, respected each other’s development path chosen by their own people and supported each other’s core interests and main concerns.
The friendship between China and Greece over the past 50 years is a true reflection of mutual understanding and affinity between ancient civilizations, and a living embodiment of the era’s trend of peace, development and win-win cooperation, setting a good example for the development of relations between China and European countries, Wang noted.
China is ready to work with Greece to seize the opportunity of the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations to draw up a plan for its future development, expand practical cooperation in areas such as transport, energy, tourism, infrastructure , green and digital economy, and open up new prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation, Wang said.
He added that the two sides should make full use of the strengths of ancient civilizations and great cultural countries, continue to advocate exchanges and mutual learning between different civilizations, promote peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy and freedom, which are the common values of humanity and contribute more to peace and development in the world.
Noting that China is a strong partner of Greece, Dendias said Greece firmly adheres to the one-China policy and looks forward to working with China to successfully hold the 50th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of diplomatic relations, strengthening bilateral economic and trade exchanges. , and further deepen cooperation in areas such as tourism and culture, to further promote bilateral relations.
The two sides also exchanged views on the Ukrainian issue.
Wang said China fully understands the concerns of European countries including Greece over the situation, adding that China is also looking forward to an early ceasefire and the restoration of peace.
If the conflict prolongs and escalates, European interests will be further harmed, Wang said, expressing hope that Europe will make wise choices and calm decisions to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control.
Europe’s security is a matter for Europeans to settle themselves, Wang said, adding that China will continue to promote peace talks and support all efforts leading to a political settlement.
Wang stressed that under the current situation, the resurgence of a new cold war should be avoided and the incitement of bloc clashes around the world should be fought. All parties must uphold the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and lasting security and adhere to genuine multilateralism, not only to seek practical ways to achieve lasting peace and security in Europe, but also to promote a and sustainable development in the world, said the Minister.
China opposes some forces using the Ukraine crisis as an excuse to justify NATO’s further expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, Wang said, adding that attempts to build a replica of NATO in the Asia-Pacific region will only seriously harm regional security.